Mr Glyns Pickups
Mr Glyns Pickups are individually made near Auckland, New Zealand. From low powered Vintage to powerful ROCK pickups. Designed combining experience, intuition and science. Road-tested by players on stage and in studios. Packaged with care for you and the planet. Food for amplifiers.
Mr Glyns Pickups Story
My name is Glyn Evans. I have been a full-time pickup winder and luthier since 1995. I wound my first pickup under the guidance of legendary guitar repairer Ted Lee while studying guitar making/repair under him at City of Leeds College of Music in the North of England. There’s something about the physics that really appealed to me.
I went straight home, built my own winding machine, bought some wire and started experimenting. In those pre-internet days there just wasn’t any information available on how to make good pickups. I made pickup after pickup, I wound, and I listened. I made notes of every variation both good and bad so I could learn what was happening.
Looking back, I think that time was invaluable for developing an intuition for making pickups. Whenever I came across a result I didn’t understand, I swatted up on the physics; there’s a lot to learn. I wrote all the experiments down in a notebook; I still have the notebook and I’m still adding to it. I love hearing my pickups played live or on recordings; it feels good to have played a very small part in that sound.
I’ve been privileged to be able to study firsthand some of the great vintage (and modern) pickups. I have re-wound and repaired countless faulty pickups. Either to restore them to their original state or to improve them. This is how you learn, and I think I will always be learning.